Librivox recording of Eben Holden - A Tale of the North Country by Irving Bacheller.
Read by Roger Melin.
Eben Holden - A Tale of the North Country. Having lost both parents and his home in northern Vermont, orphan Willie Brower is taken in by Eben Holden, "Uncle Eb" who transports him westward to save him from being sent to an orphanage. Through the Adirondacks and into the St. Lawrence valley they travel. Eben is kind, happy, and loves to tell stories to the youngster, many of which were to shape the life and ideals of Willie during his life.
This story follows Willie as a young orphan, later as a journalist, and finally as a soldier who enlists in the army at the outset of the American Civil War. The book was immensely popular when it was published in 1900 and the years to follow, as the characters were all drawn from people who the author had known himself. (Summary by Roger Melin)
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January 7, 2011 Subject:
An interesting story
I liked that this story took place in the part of the US in which I grew up. It was fun to hear them talk about Potsdam and Ogdensburg. The North Country is definitely a cold and snowy place in the winter time. I enjoyed the story, though some times I would get a bit lost. This is probably because I listen to books while driving and sometimes loose my train of thought. As always, Roger Melin is a wonderful narrator. Thanks for sharing this story of the good old North Country.
November 5, 2010 Subject:
Great reading of a classic American tale
I second the previous reviews. Roger does a great job with this book. The tale is classic Americana and tells of a young man coming of age in the 1840s and 1850s. All the hopes and dreams and angst and disappointment really caught me up in the story.
May 29, 2010 Subject:
Good Simple Story
Roger Melin is my favorite reader. This book reminds me of the writing of Wendell Berry, so if you are a fan of his, I think you will like this book.
May 18, 2010 Subject:
Very good book and superb reader.
Eben Holden is one of those stories that starts out slowly and gradually builds up momentum. Folksy in the best sense of the word, it has moments of sorrow, joy laughter and wistfulness, much like real life.
Roger Malin is an expert, gifted reader who narrates this book with just the right amount of understated emotion to let the story unfold in the listener's mind.